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Logan fined $10K for polluting lake

LOGAN — The city of Logan was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine by a federal judge Thursday after the Logan City Municipal Corp. pleaded guilty to discharging a pollutant into U.S. waters.

A misdemeanor complaint was filed against the city in January stating that the former city landfill manager "negligently pumped several thousand gallons of polluted water from the Logan City Landfill into a ditch which eventually drained into Cutler Reservoir," said U.S. Attorney's Office for Utah spokeswoman Melodie Rydalch. The incident, which took place in 2005, was viewed by prosecutors as a violation of the Clean Water Act.

The contaminated water in question was a mix of rain water and water contaminated by ammonia that filled a ditch near the landfill, the information states. The man used a water pump to then transfer the polluted water from the ditch, across a gravel road to a drain that ultimately flowed into Cutler Reservoir.

The manager was charged in a separate case, Rydalch said, and pleaded guilty last year to dumping the pollutants into U.S. waters. She said he was sentenced in April 2009 to 60 days in prison, was fined $3,000 and given a probation term of 30 months.

Thursday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Brooke Wells fined the city $10,000 for the violation.

Rydalch said EPA investigators involved in the case said "water that comes into contact with waste in a landfill can contain many toxic pollutants that are toxic to aquatic life."

She said the delay between the 2005 incident and a 2010 fine is not uncommon.

— Emiley Morgan